Even though these caves have been destroyed by tides over a thousand of years ago and have been elevated from the sea because of several earthquakes, this spot is still visited by most tourists because of its impressive wonder of nature sight.
The caves are located in Enoshima Island, it is at the back of the island facing out to the sea. The cave gain its popularity by providing a pleasant setting by the sea as well as the cave itself.
Iwaya caves are composed of two caves that can be easily found in the cliffs along Enoshima southern coast. The first cave is the bigger among the two and it contains some Buddhist statues. When you enter, you will be led to a long tunnel that is lined with photos and information about the caves. The inner part of the cave also has two parts: the left one which contains the statues of the island's Goddesses and the right one contains the sun Goddess Amaterasu.
Heading out the first cave, you will be led to the second cave that is mainly dedicated to the dragon that used to terrorize the area. One tip, if you clap your hands in front of his statue, you'll be amazed with flashing lights and the sound of thunder.
On the Odakyu Enoshima Line, get off at Katase-Enoshima Station. From there, you have to walk for 5 minutes to get the boat boarding area to the cave.
The cave opens at 9:00 to 17:00 and until 16:00 from Mid October to February.
No closing days except when the weather is bad.
Admission fee is 500 Yen.
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